Fuchsia Swing Song

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Fuchsia Swing Song
Fuchsia Swing Song.jpg
Studio album by Sam Rivers
Released Early April 1965[1]
Recorded December 11, 1964
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 39:00 original LP
69:24 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84184
Producer Alfred Lion
Sam Rivers chronology
Fuchsia Swing Song
Alternative cover
1995 Japanese CD (TOCJ-4184)
1995 Japanese CD (TOCJ-4184)

Fuchsia Swing Song is the debut album by American saxophonist Sam Rivers recorded in 1964 and released on the Blue Note label.[2] The album was reissued on CD in 1995, and again in 2003 as part of the "Connoisseur Series" (limited edition series) including four alternate takes as bonus tracks.


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "By the time of his debut, Rivers had been deep under the influence of Coltrane and [Ornette] Coleman, but wasn't willing to give up the blues just yet. Hence the sound on Fuchsia Swing Song is one of an artist who is at once very self-assured, and in transition... This is a highly recommended date. Rivers never played quite like this again".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sam Rivers
  1. "Fuchsia Swing Song" – 6:03
  2. "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" – 5:33
  3. "Cyclic Episode" – 6:57
  4. "Luminous Monolith" – 6:31
  5. "Beatrice" – 6:13
  6. "Ellipsis" – 7:43

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Luminous Monolith" [Alternate Take] – 6:39
  2. "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" [First Alternate Take] – 8:09
  3. "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" [Second Alternate Take] – 7:47
  4. "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" [Third Alternate Take] – 7:49



  1. ^ Billboard Apr 3, 1965
  2. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed November 22, 2010
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 22, 2010
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 168. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.